Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
If you treat me this way, please kill me right now, if I have found favor in your sight; and do not let me see my wretchedness."
1 Kings 19:4
But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he requested for himself that he might die, and said, "It is enough. Now, O LORD, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers."
"Why is light given to him who is in misery, life to the bitter in soul,
so that my soul chooses strangling, death rather than my bones.
"Oh that you would hide me in Sheol, that you would keep me secret, until your wrath is past, that you would appoint me a set time, and remember me.
Cursed is the day in which I was born: do not let the day in which my mother bore me be blessed.
Therefore now, LORD, take, I beg you, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live."
But I am in a dilemma between the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.
I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and behold, all is vanity and a chasing after wind.
Moreover I saw under the sun, in the place of justice, that wickedness was there; and in the place of righteousness, that wickedness was there.
So the Spirit lifted me up, and took me away; and I went in bitterness, in the anger of my spirit; and the hand of the LORD was strong on me.
Why do you show me iniquity, and look at perversity? For destruction and violence are before me. There is strife, and contention rises up.
Then I looked at all the works that my hands had worked, and at the labor that I had labored to do; and behold, all was vanity and a chasing after wind, and there was no profit under the sun.
Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire. This also is vanity and a chasing after wind.
Remember how short my time is. For what vanity have you created all the children of men.